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13 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Ultimate Guitar reviews Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car


Sound: We all know the Heart sound, and although Red Velvet Car doesn’t feature the keyboards that we know and love, it doesn’t need to; instead focusing on Heart’s other qualities, which the band has in abundance.

Much is made of Nancy Wilson’s skills with a guitar in her hands, and the fuss is vindicated on Red Velvet Car. She is an accomplished guitarist, avoiding superfluous flash, embracing the art of song writing: every note played suits the song perfectly. Just listen to the bluesy rocker WTF, in which Nancy admirably turns a classic sounding bluesy note sequence into a rock tune with attitude and style. Strangely enough, a lot of the heavier guitar playing shuns a proportional amount of distortion, instead relying upon attitude and dynamics. It makes for some interesting exploration of ideas, even raising questions regarding how authentic distorted hard rock bands really are.

Not only is the guitar playing on the ball, but the percussion manages to stay keen to the idea of the song, varying from hard rock (WTF, Wheels, Safronia’s Mark), to mellow folk rock that even borders on bluegrass influences (Hey You). This is the sound of an experienced band, accommodating for the lack of innovation with a classic sound only too often the subject of weak counterfeiting by the young pretenders of modern music. // 7

Lyrics and Singing: Lyrically speaking, Heart has always been championed upon some sort of pedestal. This was a reaction to the full page ad in Rolling Stone insinuating that the Wilson sisters were involved in an incestuous homosexual relationship, an event to which the sisters took exception. Thus, the classic song—Barracuda—was born. This time round, Heart tackles issues such as losing youthful nihilism and burning out (There You Go), and even the loss of loved ones in the form of the intimate song, Sand. The lyrics do at times struggle for relevance, but it isn’t that Heart has nothing to say; it’s just that they have said it well before now, whilst vocally, Ann Wilson remains impressive both in terms of skill and diversity. She has often been compared to Robert Plant, and although she doesn’t command an audience quite like the Led Zeppelin vocalist, she can surely boast a voice of similar power. // 7

Impression: This isn’t the Heart of old, but Red Velvet Car has been widely touted as the best Heart album in years. It’s hard to find fault with such a verdict, but one is inclined to keep a lid on any hype surrounding the release of this album. Heart might be widely respected as one of the first bands to prove that girls can do rock, but that legacy alone won’t sell records; fortunately, the Wilson sisters seems to be aware of this, and have crafted an album that does no harm Heart’s legacy.

12 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Stand up to Cancer show and audio on iTunes

Ann & Nancy Sept. 10th

Ann & Nancy Sept. 10th

The nationally televised charity event featuring a vast array of artists will be available on USA iTunes for purchase.

1: The show on iTunes video: 2 hours in length, includes Heart. Click here to check it out. $2,99

2: Audio album with 5 tracks, including “Stand Up to Cancer” featuring Heart. Check it out here. $2,99

ALL proceeds go to the cause.

10 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

“We are thrilled and a little in disbelief”

Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

Press Release: Heart’s Red Velvet Car, the First New Studio Album in Six Years From Ann & Nancy Wilson, Drives Straight Into the Top 10 of the Billboard 20

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ — Red Velvet Car, the first new studio album in six years from the groundbreaking Seattle-based band Heart, is entering the Billboard 200 best-selling album charts at #10, becoming the seventh Top 10 album of the group’s career. Heart’s first album for Legacy Recordings, the critically-acclaimed Red Velvet Car marks the return of the group to the Sony Music Entertainment family. The album reached #1 in sales on Amazon.com on Sunday, September 5.

“We are thrilled and a little in disbelief,” said Ann Wilson. “(Our producer) Ben Mink’s amazing artistry and vision, along with the hard work and dedication of the people of Sony/Legacy made this a stunning first week. The Car is running fine, thank you! “

“After 3 plus decades, to have loyal fans, old and new, and to be acknowledged for our work as performers and songwriters is really quite beautiful,” said Nancy Wilson.

Currently in the midst of a summer-fall tour supporting the release of Red Velvet Car, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson will perform on the star-studded Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) primetime roadblock television fundraising event (September 10, 2010, at 8PM ET & PT / 7PM CT). The Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) telecast will raise funds that will accelerate innovative cancer research. The live, one-hour fundraising event will be simulcast commercial-free on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Bio, Current TV, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, mun2, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, The Style Network, TV One and VH1 and hosted by network news anchors Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams. The broadcast will air in 195 countries, as well as on the Armed Forces Network.

Heart will be heard on NPR’s “World Cafe” on September 17 to perform songs from Red Velvet Car. Both “Hey You” and “WTF,” the first two singles from Red Velvet Car, are multi-format smashes, garnering airplay on the nation’s AC, Triple A and Classic Rock radio stations.

The critical response to Red Velvet Car has been universally ecstatic. “The barracudas are back and at the top of their game,” wrote Rolling Stone (September 2, 2010) while USA Today (August 25, 2010) called the album “Intimate, intense and anchored by Ann’s powerhouse vocals and Nancy’s aggressive acoustic guitar….” The New York Times (August 4, 2010) found Red Velvet Car “aggressive, delicate and enduring” while the Los Angeles Times noted that “Thirty-four years after the band’s debut, Heart’s dreamboat sails on.”

For their first new album since 2004’s Jupiter’s Darling, the first ladies of arena rock took an acoustic approach to a collection of songs inspired by the world around them, arranged for an assortment of strings including guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, fiddle, viola, cello and autoharp, all played by Nancy Wilson and the album’s producer, multiple Grammy nominee Ben Mink.

Nine of the album’s songs were written for, and appear for the first time on Red Velvet Car. The album’s closer, “Sand,” is a newly recorded version of a song originally written and recorded by the Lovemongers, Ann and Nancy’s 1990’s acoustic side project.

Heart performed songs from Red Velvet Car, as well as classics from the band’s repertoire, at selected Lilith Fair dates and in headline concerts across the U.S. and Canada from July through September. Tour details available on the Heart website. Upcoming Heart tour dates include

9/18/2010 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheater 9/19/2010 LeMoore, CA Tachi Palace 9/21/2010 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater 9/23/2010 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts 9/24/2010 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater 9/25/2010 Puyallup, WA Western Washington Fair 11/4/2010 Houston, TX House of Blues 11/5/2010 Topeka, KS Kansas Expocentre 11/6/2010 Newkirk, OK First Council Casino 11/13/2010 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Hilton

Heart is slated to appear as the exclusive musical guest star on the Brian Boitano Christmas special airing December 26 on NBC.

Ann Wilson and her younger sister, Nancy Wilson, first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the ’70s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” ‘Straight On,” “Even It Up,” “Kick It Out” and so many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs, and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued topping the charts through the ’80s and into the ’90s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Never,” and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as both musicians and singers. Along the way, Heart sold more than 30 million records, had 21 top 40 hits, sold out arenas worldwide, and had a profound influence on rock music.

Heart were 2008 recipients of VH1 Rock Honors, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Grammy Foundation, and received ASCAP’s award for Excellence in Songwriting in 2009.

10 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Tonight: A&N LIVE Online on STAND UP TO CANCER

Ann & Nancy

Ann & Nancy

Cat Deeley of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance will host the pre-show promotion to kickoff the evening as the celebrity phone bank opens at 4:30 PM PST. A 30 minute online “after hours” extended play featuring jams with musical guests Fitz and the Tantrums, Orianthi, Natasha Bedingfield, and Heart will conclude the night’s events. The pre-show promotion and extended play will be featured on numerous online portals and destination sites (which will all also stream the one hour special online) including: ABC, ABC News, AOL, Bing, CBS, CBS News, Crackle, Discovery Health, E! Online, FOX, G4, Hulu, Livestream, MLB Network, MSN, mun2, NBC, Style Network, TV Guide, TV One, Ustream, VEVO, VH1, Wonderwall.MSN.com, omg.yahoo.com, and YouTube.

10 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

“Hey You” climbs the radio chart

Heart’s radiosingle from Red Velvet Car “Hey You” debuted last week on Billboard’s radiochart for Adult Contemporary at number 30 and it’s now at number 28.

Numer 28 on Billboard

Number 28 on Billboard

The single has been charting for a couple of months on FMQB’s Adult Contemporary Radiochart as well and it is still rising. This time to number 5!

Number 5 at FMQB

Number 5 at FMQB


08 September 2010 ~ 1 Comment

OFFICIAL: Red Velvet Car debuts in top 10!

Red HOT Velvet Car

Red HOT Velvet Car

Confirmed by billboard.com: Heart’s album Red Velvet Car has debuted in the American Billboard 200 (albumsales) at number 10 with 27.300 copies sold. Returning in the top 10 after 20 years since 1990’s Brigade album, this is truly a fantastic and deserved result. I for one never expected to see my favorite band returning in the general public’s interest! Congratulations to Heart, their staff and all the fans!

In the major webstores Amazon, Barnes & Noble and CDuniverse, the album has been in the top 5 the entire week. On Amazon the album has been number 1 for the total sales of week 30. Reports have been coming in about the album being sold out in regular stores.

Heart’s studioalbums and their highest positions (not debuts) in the Billboard 200:

  1. Dreamboat Annie 1975 (first release) number 7
  2. Little Queen 1977 number 9
  3. Magazine 1978 number 17
  4. Dog & Butterfly 1978 number 17
  5. Bebe le Strange 1980 number 5
  6. Private Audition 1982 number 25
  7. Passionworks 1983 number 39
  8. Heart 1985 number 1
  9. Bad Animals 1987 number 2
  10. Brigade 1990 number 3
  11. Desire Walks On 1993 number 48
  12. Jupiters Darling 2004 number 94
  13. Red Velvet Car 2010 number 10

Earlier this week, Heart returned to the Billboard Adult Contemporary radiochart for the first time in 16 years with their new single “Hey You” at number 30. On this weeks Billboard AC radio chart to move up to number 28.

From Yahoo: Heart’s Red Velvet Car bows at #10. It’s the band’s seventh album to crack the top 10; its first to do so since Brigade in 1990. Heart first cracked the top 10 with Dreamboat Annie in October 1976. This gives the band, which is headed by sisters Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, a nearly 34-year span of top 10 albums. That’s a new record for the longest span of top 10 albums by a female-fronted band. Others FFBs (female-fronted bands) with long spans of top 10 albums include Fleetwood Mac (28 years), Sade (25 years) and Jefferson Airplane/Starship (18 years)..

The chart showing of Red Velvet Car marks a big improvement over Heart’s last studio album, Jupiters Darling, which debuted and peaked at #94 in June 2004. It opened with sales of 12,000 copies. (Here’s a depressing tidbit: That same sales total would have placed the album at #31 on this week’s chart.).

08 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Heart Rev Up the Rock for ‘Red Velvet Car’ – Exclusive Video

Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson came to musical prominence in the ’70s, a decade in which muscle cars like the Camaro and Trans-Am were rock stars in their own right. The iconic sisters’ new album, ‘Red Velvet Car,’ and the track ‘Wheels’ brings to mind that era with a recurring automobile motif. More at spinner.com (AOL), including an exclusive video (US only)

Ann & Nancy at AOL

Ann & Nancy at AOL